How Long Do Golf Grips Last?

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Every experienced golf player knows that golf grips cannot last forever, and you eventually need to replace them.

Therefore, you may want to know: how long do golf grips last?

In this article, we will tell you exactly how long golf grips last, how to know when your golf grips are no longer good, and give you tips to make your golf grips last longer.

How Long Do Golf Grips Last?

Golf grips last for about 40 to 50 rounds of 18-hole golf, which equates to about 1 year for the average golfer. If you play less than once a week, your golf grips will last longer. If you play very often, you might be changing your grips every 1 to 2 months.

Golf grips will wear out gradually over time rather than suddenly. You usually reach the point at which you should replace them after 40 to 50 rounds of 18-hole golf. Your grips will wear out fast if you are practicing in driving ranges on top of playing rounds.

It is important to replace golf grips when they are no longer good, because your clubs will start to slip out of your hands when they wear out.

Worn out golf grips can increase your score by as much as 5 shots. This means that getting new golf grips could technically lower your score by 5 shots if your current ones are worn out!

You can refer yourself to the chart below to know how often you should replace your golf grips.

Number of rounds played per weekApproximate lifetime of golf grips
11 year
26 months
34 months
43 months
52-3 months
62 months
71-2 months
Life Expectancy of Golf Grips VS Number of Rounds You Play Per Week

Please remember that you may have to change your golf grips more often if you are practicing in driving ranges on top of playing the golf rounds in the chart.

When Are Golf Grips No Longer Good?

Golf grips need to be changed when they start to feel slippery and lose their grip. When golf grips need to be replaced, they may feel firm, look glossier, feel firmer, be missing graphics and their rubber may be crumbling off.

Golf grips will naturally decay and need to be replaced over time, but certain things accelerate the process tremendously.

First of all, sweat, moisture, oils, dirt and salt will damage your golf grips and make them need to be replace a lot quicker.

Furthermore, UV-rays and extreme temperatures can also damage your golf grips, notably by damaging the graphics on them or by “ungluing” the adhesives attaching your grips to your clubs. If your grips are no longer really attached to your clubs and feel loose, you need to replace them.

The point of using golf grips is to make them grip to your hand when you shoot the golf ball, so if your grips start to feel slippery and lose their grip, it is the main telltale sign you need to replace your golf grips.

Another sign your golf grips may need replacement is if they start to feel firmer than usual. In addition, when your golf grips are no longer good, they will look glossy, and light will reflect more on them than when they were new.

Over time, the rubber on your golf grips will degrade and start to crumble, which is a sign you need to change your golf grips. If the graphics and logos on your grips are cracking or follow off, you should probably replace your golf grips.

Professional golf players play so often that they need to replace their golf grips every 1 or 2 months. If you play in a rainy region, you will need to replace your golf grips more often because the water is bad for the grips.

When regripping your golf clubs, you have two options.

You can pay someone to regrip your golf clubs, and you can get them back about half a day later.

Alternatively, you can replace your grips your self following our guide on how to replace golf grips, and then let the grips dry for at least 24 hours after you installed them to make sure they are on tight.

How To Make Golf Grips Last Longer?

Golf grips can last longer by washing the sweat & moisture off them with soap and water, storing your golf clubs in a temperature-controlled environment, keeping your clubs away from rain, and avoiding gripping your clubs too hard.

Golf grips really decay quicker as sweat, salt and moisture accumulates on them, so you need to wipe your clubs down often if you wish to maximize their lifespan.

After every shot in a round, you can wipe your golf grip down gently with a towel. At the end of your golf rounds, you can wash your golf grips more thoroughly with soap by following our guide: How To Make Golf Grips Tacky Again.

Another primordial elements to extending the life of your golf grips is to store them correctly. If you leave your golf grips in your car trunk or outside, especially in the sun or rain, you are asking for problems.

Store your golf clubs and grips indoors in a temperature-controlled environment  in which sweat, moisture and other contaminants can dry off your grips effectively.

Finally, avoid holding your golf grip too hard if you want to maximize its shelf life. Gripping your grip too hard will also tense up your arms and reduce the effectiveness of your golfing technique. Read our guide to learn how to grip your club correctly: How To Hold A Golf Club Correctly.

Conclusion

There you go! After reading this article, you have learned how long golf grips last, how to know when they are no longer good, and how to extend a golf grip’s lifetime.

With these tips, you will be better able to know when to replace a golf grip so that it does not slip out of your hand while you shoot.

Use the tips in this article, and you will add a bit of lifetime to your golf grips that serve you so well.

How long does it take before you usually change your golf grips? Let us know in the comments down below!